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Genesis 39:1–41:44

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Genesis 39

1Now Joseph had been brought down to Egypt, and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, the captain of the guard, an Egyptian, had bought him from the Ishmaelites who had brought him down there.
2The LORD was with Joseph, and he became a successful man, and he was in the house of his Egyptian master.
3His master saw that the LORD was with him and that the LORD caused all that he did to succeed in his hands.
4So Joseph found favor in his sight and attended him, and he made him overseer of his house and put him in charge of all that he had.
5From the time that he made him overseer in his house and over all that he had the LORD blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake; the blessing of the LORD was on all that he had, in house and field.
6So he left all that he had in Joseph’s charge, and because of him he had no concern about anything but the food he ate. Now Joseph was handsome in form and appearance.
7And after a time his master’s wife cast her eyes on Joseph and said, “Lie with me.”
8But he refused and said to his master’s wife, “Behold, because of me my master has no concern about anything in the house, and he has put everything that he has in my charge.
9He is not greater in this house than I am, nor has he kept back anything from me except yourself, because you are his wife. How then can I do this great wickedness and sin against God?”
10And as she spoke to Joseph day after day, he would not listen to her, to lie beside her or to be with her.
11But one day, when he went into the house to do his work and none of the men of the house was there in the house,
12she caught him by his garment, saying, “Lie with me.” But he left his garment in her hand and fled and got out of the house.
13And as soon as she saw that he had left his garment in her hand and had fled out of the house,
14she called to the men of her household and said to them, “See, he has brought among us a Hebrew to laugh at us. He came in to me to lie with me, and I cried out with a loud voice.
15And as soon as he heard that I lifted up my voice and cried out, he left his garment beside me and fled and got out of the house.”
16Then she laid up his garment by her until his master came home,
17and she told him the same story, saying, “The Hebrew servant, whom you have brought among us, came in to me to laugh at me.
18But as soon as I lifted up my voice and cried, he left his garment beside me and fled out of the house.”
19As soon as his master heard the words that his wife spoke to him, “This is the way your servant treated me,” his anger was kindled.
20And Joseph’s master took him and put him into the prison, the place where the king’s prisoners were confined, and he was there in prison.
21But the LORD was with Joseph and showed him steadfast love and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison.
22And the keeper of the prison put Joseph in charge of all the prisoners who were in the prison. Whatever was done there, he was the one who did it.
23The keeper of the prison paid no attention to anything that was in Joseph’s charge, because the LORD was with him. And whatever he did, the LORD made it succeed.

Genesis 40

1Some time after this, the cupbearer of the king of Egypt and his baker committed an offense against their lord the king of Egypt.
2And Pharaoh was angry with his two officers, the chief cupbearer and the chief baker,
3and he put them in custody in the house of the captain of the guard, in the prison where Joseph was confined.
4The captain of the guard appointed Joseph to be with them, and he attended them. They continued for some time in custody.
5And one night they both dreamed—the cupbearer and the baker of the king of Egypt, who were confined in the prison—each his own dream, and each dream with its own interpretation.
6When Joseph came to them in the morning, he saw that they were troubled.
7So he asked Pharaoh’s officers who were with him in custody in his master’s house, “Why are your faces downcast today?”
8They said to him, “We have had dreams, and there is no one to interpret them.” And Joseph said to them, “Do not interpretations belong to God? Please tell them to me.”
9So the chief cupbearer told his dream to Joseph and said to him, “In my dream there was a vine before me,
10and on the vine there were three branches. As soon as it budded, its blossoms shot forth, and the clusters ripened into grapes.
11Pharaoh’s cup was in my hand, and I took the grapes and pressed them into Pharaoh’s cup and placed the cup in Pharaoh’s hand.”
12Then Joseph said to him, “This is its interpretation: the three branches are three days.
13In three days Pharaoh will lift up your head and restore you to your office, and you shall place Pharaoh’s cup in his hand as formerly, when you were his cupbearer.
14Only remember me, when it is well with you, and please do me the kindness to mention me to Pharaoh, and so get me out of this house.
15For I was indeed stolen out of the land of the Hebrews, and here also I have done nothing that they should put me into the pit.”
16When the chief baker saw that the interpretation was favorable, he said to Joseph, “I also had a dream: there were three cake baskets on my head,
17and in the uppermost basket there were all sorts of baked food for Pharaoh, but the birds were eating it out of the basket on my head.”
18And Joseph answered and said, “This is its interpretation: the three baskets are three days.
19In three days Pharaoh will lift up your head—from you!—and hang you on a tree. And the birds will eat the flesh from you.”
20On the third day, which was Pharaoh’s birthday, he made a feast for all his servants and lifted up the head of the chief cupbearer and the head of the chief baker among his servants.
21He restored the chief cupbearer to his position, and he placed the cup in Pharaoh’s hand.
22But he hanged the chief baker, as Joseph had interpreted to them.
23Yet the chief cupbearer did not remember Joseph, but forgot him.

Genesis 41

1After two whole years, Pharaoh dreamed that he was standing by the Nile,
2and behold, there came up out of the Nile seven cows attractive and plump, and they fed in the reed grass.
3And behold, seven other cows, ugly and thin, came up out of the Nile after them, and stood by the other cows on the bank of the Nile.
4And the ugly, thin cows ate up the seven attractive, plump cows. And Pharaoh awoke.
5And he fell asleep and dreamed a second time. And behold, seven ears of grain, plump and good, were growing on one stalk.
6And behold, after them sprouted seven ears, thin and blighted by the east wind.
7And the thin ears swallowed up the seven plump, full ears. And Pharaoh awoke, and behold, it was a dream.
8So in the morning his spirit was troubled, and he sent and called for all the magicians of Egypt and all its wise men. Pharaoh told them his dreams, but there was none who could interpret them to Pharaoh.
9Then the chief cupbearer said to Pharaoh, “I remember my offenses today.
10When Pharaoh was angry with his servants and put me and the chief baker in custody in the house of the captain of the guard,
11we dreamed on the same night, he and I, each having a dream with its own interpretation.
12A young Hebrew was there with us, a servant of the captain of the guard. When we told him, he interpreted our dreams to us, giving an interpretation to each man according to his dream.
13And as he interpreted to us, so it came about. I was restored to my office, and the baker was hanged.”
14Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they quickly brought him out of the pit. And when he had shaved himself and changed his clothes, he came in before Pharaoh.
15And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I have had a dream, and there is no one who can interpret it. I have heard it said of you that when you hear a dream you can interpret it.”
16Joseph answered Pharaoh, “It is not in me; God will give Pharaoh a favorable answer.”
17Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Behold, in my dream I was standing on the banks of the Nile.
18Seven cows, plump and attractive, came up out of the Nile and fed in the reed grass.
19Seven other cows came up after them, poor and very ugly and thin, such as I had never seen in all the land of Egypt.
20And the thin, ugly cows ate up the first seven plump cows,
21but when they had eaten them no one would have known that they had eaten them, for they were still as ugly as at the beginning. Then I awoke.
22I also saw in my dream seven ears growing on one stalk, full and good.
23Seven ears, withered, thin, and blighted by the east wind, sprouted after them,
24and the thin ears swallowed up the seven good ears. And I told it to the magicians, but there was no one who could explain it to me.”
25Then Joseph said to Pharaoh, “The dreams of Pharaoh are one; God has revealed to Pharaoh what he is about to do.
26The seven good cows are seven years, and the seven good ears are seven years; the dreams are one.
27The seven lean and ugly cows that came up after them are seven years, and the seven empty ears blighted by the east wind are also seven years of famine.
28It is as I told Pharaoh; God has shown to Pharaoh what he is about to do.
29There will come seven years of great plenty throughout all the land of Egypt,
30but after them there will arise seven years of famine, and all the plenty will be forgotten in the land of Egypt. The famine will consume the land,
31and the plenty will be unknown in the land by reason of the famine that will follow, for it will be very severe.
32And the doubling of Pharaoh’s dream means that the thing is fixed by God, and God will shortly bring it about.
33Now therefore let Pharaoh select a discerning and wise man, and set him over the land of Egypt.
34Let Pharaoh proceed to appoint overseers over the land and take one-fifth of the produce of the land of Egypt during the seven plentiful years.
35And let them gather all the food of these good years that are coming and store up grain under the authority of Pharaoh for food in the cities, and let them keep it.
36That food shall be a reserve for the land against the seven years of famine that are to occur in the land of Egypt, so that the land may not perish through the famine.”
37This proposal pleased Pharaoh and all his servants.
38And Pharaoh said to his servants, “Can we find a man like this, in whom is the Spirit of God?”
39Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has shown you all this, there is none so discerning and wise as you are.
40You shall be over my house, and all my people shall order themselves as you command. Only as regards the throne will I be greater than you.”
41And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt.”
42Then Pharaoh took his signet ring from his hand and put it on Joseph’s hand, and clothed him in garments of fine linen and put a gold chain about his neck.
43And he made him ride in his second chariot. And they called out before him, “Bow the knee!” Thus he set him over all the land of Egypt.
44Moreover, Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I am Pharaoh, and without your consent no one shall lift up hand or foot in all the land of Egypt.”